American Gods (The Tenth Anniversary Edition)

American Gods (The Tenth Anniversary Edition)

by Neil Gaiman

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American Gods The Tenth Anniversary Edition 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 497 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book turned me over completely to Neil Gaiman and made me drooly and ga-ga for his writing like a Twilight fangirl on too much fairy dust. I've read a few of Gaiman's works before ( The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes, Neverwhere, Anansi Boys, and Stardust), but none have blown me so completely out of the boiling seas like American Gods. American Gods is one of the quirkiest books on American culture and belief that I've read. Told from the perspective of a particularly insightful non-American, American Gods takes a long, hard look at how cultures and religions mesh, change, and fade in the states. How do Americans define and create faith? What gods does a godless nation--or maybe an excessively god-full nation--have with not even 300 years of national existence under its belt? With ghosts, murders, gods (both forgotten and barely worshipped), Naiman weaves a tale that suspends previous conceptions of the American psyche, turns it up on its head, and makes you question, Who really is that homeless crazy in the subway station calling himself Mr. Wednesday? Like the questions it poses, the story is not straightforward. Rather, it's a meandering road trip that takes numerous pit stops at creepy carnivals and random road-side attractions. Only, you have old worn-out gods and cranky demons for company.
cellardoor623 More than 1 year ago
I was unsure if this was my kind of book, but was intrigued by the title and therefore decided to give it a shot. After finishing the book, it wasn't at all what I expected before starting the book--it was better. I'll admit that when I first read reviews of American Gods, I didn't exactly understand what the book was about, or what I'd be getting myself into. I now understand that the reason that the synopsis were so vague, was because there is no way to describe the plot without it sounding slightly absurd. The only way to know and understand what it is about is to read it. The tone of this book reflected the mood and feelings of the protagonist. Therefore, the language was a little crude at times. This is only natural and quite realistic in this modern day. This might bother some people, but if they get even a few chapters through the book, they will immediately see how amazing this book is. *To get a better idea of whether or not you will like this book, the story and type of journey somewhat reminded me of Windupbird Chronicle by Murakamai. If you liked that book, you will definitely enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books, and it was great to see it available as an e-book. If you like a sophisticated fantasy set in the modern world, American Gods is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really great read. Engaging story and characters. I had no idea where this story was going to end up. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Throughout my 45years of life, whenever I was asked what my favorite book was, I would ponder and think. Without fail, I would never be able to come up with a favorite, although I had read many, many wonderful books. I can now say without a doubt that I have finally found my favorite book.
Thomas Todd More than 1 year ago
A great read and hugely engrossing although impossible to describe. Read this. You'll be glad you did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A new look at the idea of Gods. Do you believe in one God or more Gods? Have you wondered about past civilizations and their Gods? What happens to the Gods of old, when they become irrelevant? This book was an interesting read.
Nicole Earl More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've ever read. Neil gaimen is my faviorite author and he will be for a very long time. Everyone should read his books,expessially this one. I assure you, you won't be disapointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Two of my friends love it and I and another hate it. It's not the writing. It's the story, the subject matter. Just not my thing at all. You have to try it for yourself
AymTru More than 1 year ago
Somewhere in the afterword, Mr. Gaiman apologizes for his audacity in taking on and writing about what makes "America" tick. No apologies necessary, Mr. Gaiman. Well, done. Especially the Carousel Room at the House on the Rock. I think I may have had similar thoughts when I was in that Quonset Hut so many, many years ago. Many thanks for putting that bizarrely magical place (and other places) down in print.
StuGold4star More than 1 year ago
This is a fun book, very entertaining and is worth the time. Neil Gaiman is an exceptuional writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book took me a little longer than most to get through; i found it a bit stale in the middle. Turns out the middle is important though and I'm glad i read the whole book. Fascinating idea for book! A tale of survival, mystery, sacrifice, love, and wonder. I recommend everyone read it. P.s. what is with all the fake reviews... very annoying!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Buy it and read it. Hands-down one of the greatest books of the past few decades.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting book and not at all what I was expecting. It weaves the tales of many people and the spirit of the book was quite enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The basic premise of gods brought to America and then abandoned is a neat one and lends itself to many interesting plot lines. I also found a new place to add to my wish list to visit; the House on the Rock. Weird place, but actually real.
illiall More than 1 year ago
I've spent 30 minutes trying to find something to say about this book, and the best i can come up with is it's creative. The writing didn't grab me. The story didn't hold me. Based on the reviews i forced myself to finish it, and i turned the last page, thinking to myself ... "so what??"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a current writer, few weave tales like Neil Gamain. American Gods is a redeeming road trip tale full of unforgettable characters. You are pulled from page to page as the story touches on religions old and new.
Declan Graham More than 1 year ago
Awsome. Just awsome.
Michielle Miles More than 1 year ago
It was hard to put this book down. Then again its hard to put any of his books down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and I think you're all being really disrespectful to the author by using it as a chat room. How would YOU like it if you wrote a book and saw these reviews? Please use more respect in the future.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Bland, unmotivated main character who does what he is told and doesn't think for himself. Interesting side stories and characters that are left unexplored and unexplained.
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Killer, as always. The author never disappoints.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were moments where things were slow but it definitely kept me interested and wondering what was gonna happen.